Monday, December 28, 2009

Our December adventures

It has been a fun month. First we watched our final episode of Monk, as you see Scott dressed up as Monk, Atira is Natalie handing over a wipe. You will only understand this if you follow the show, and if you don't get it, well, you should have been watching the show! We all dressed up for dinner that night and even had chicken pot pie. This was such a fun night. We also celebrated Hanukkah this month. We enjoyed a night out at our friends lighting candles, eating well and doing a bit of bible study. We are ending the month with a bit of home improvement. Scott is off of work for the week (they close his shop down),  so we decided to be productive with the time. Scott started tiling today and he is doing an amazing job. I had no doubt he would. (Please refer to comment one in this blog, he is Monk, after all.) I cannot wait to see it all done. But of course it is giving me the itch to get rid of my current kitchen accessories and put up completely different ones. See what kind of trouble this kind of thing causes? The kids are doing great. We are going swimming with friends once a month, Jordan is in a homeschool club at our local GamesWorkshop where he gets to paint and play Lord of the Rings. Both the kids are in Brazilian Jiujitsu and they love it. Jordan is a true teenager, he went over his allotted texting minutes last month by $14.60. I will probably never forget that number as Scott has renamed Jordan $14.60. He also says it everytime he gets a chance. (It is actually very hilarious). So, Jordan is  now working on a plan for a regular income over and above his current allowance, he wants to upgrade his texting plan, and it will cost him. But for now, he is checking regularly how many he has left. As of today he has 18 and he does not renew until the 7th, it has turned into quite a comedy around here with all of this texting drama. Atira is enjoying a new quilt on her bed these days. We made her a deal quite some time ago that if she kept her room clean for a period of time she would be rewarded with a new quilt. She did a great job and we were happy to buy it for her. I just completed new curtains for her to match, she is very happy with her bright pretty room. It feels good to get some things updated around the house. We have been here 9 yeras now, and it is time for a bit of polishing. The kids bathroom is next on the list...I think. We have a cool plan, we are going to let them redecorate it, on a budget and with our approval. But they will be in charge of pulling down the wallpaper, prepping the walls, picking paint and painting (with help), purchasing a new shower curtain, towels and rugs as well as any accessories. I will be sure to keep you all posted as that project progresses. It may be a while, it all depends on what happens in the work world when Scott returns...praying for plenty to do!! So, there is our current update....will be posting more when the kitchen is done.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

What a wonderful day. We couldn't have been more blessed! We had family from both sides here to give thanks to our God for His abundant blessings. The food seemed never ending (still does), we had the usuals, turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, as well as favorites we count on; cranberry salad, salmon ball and apple pie. Sadly my grandma was not feeling up to traveling, so she was very much missed, but it was nice to share a conversation by phone with her. Our guest list included: Joan and Curt, Roy and Audra, Genny and Colton, Geoff and Kat, Sheila and Leo - it was great to have us all together. After dinner most everyone headed home, but for the rest of us, we enjoyed some time chatting and a few of us played Disney DDR. Got us a little exercise after all that good food. I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed and memorable too!


Check out my beautiful new sink! We bought this sink from Craigslist a few months back, and we finally went and purchased a new faucet to go with it. After a full day Scott had it fully installed and ready to be used! It looks so pretty and made for a great little facelift to the kitchen. It was wonderful to have it all done before Thanksgiving. I am so blessed I have a husband that is so handy!!
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Friday, October 09, 2009

It's my birthday!

WHAT AN AMAZING DAY!! I am so blessed! The day started off with a beautiful card from my each of my incredible children. Atira made me a picture frame that is so lovely. Scott had already bought me a GPS system, we picked it out the day is so cool. Just before we headed out the door my sweet friend came zipping by to drop off a warm batch of cinnamon rolls, can you believe it???? Who does that? Good friends who are a gift from God, that's who. We drove off to Edmonds to go on the Meadowdale Beach Hike.  A most beautiful hike, gorgeous surroundings and when you reach the end of the trail it opens up to the beach. It is a like a special gift when you have arrived. While we went we had brought with us the coordinates for our first geocaching experience. SUCH FUN! This one was not super easy as you had to decipher some clues, do a little mathematics and then receive the next coordinates. It was great! We ended up making a mistake, but down at the beach we found the clue we needed and SUCCESS! We did it! We had the right coordinates, we headed back to the trail and searched for about 10 minutes and found our cache! WOWY! Jordan picked out a French coin from the box and Atira snagged a beautiful bookmark and a travel bug. We of course left some new trinkets for the next person to find. We signed the book and headed out! After a quick stop by Scott's work we were on our way home! Once home we started preparing for our evenings event, a sukkah party. We invited some friends to come and celebrate God's feast day and it was such an incredible joy! Several friends came, sang and danced with us, read scriptures and of course ate, ate, ate! We sat out by the fire pit reading the bible, discussing scripture and sharing with one favorite times. The kids wore glow sticks, ran amuck and had a fabulous time! I am so thankful to have had such an incredible and memorable birthday.

Happy Camper moments

WE DID IT! We finally camped! And WE SURVIVED!!! (Or, I survived) Actually, I really enjoyed myself. We had a wonderful first night, we went on a long hike down and around the beach. It was an incredibly mild weather day, we actually got too warm! There was very little breeze, which did not help us with the kites we brought. We enjoyed our night by the fire, we played games, talked and just had a wonderful time. We woke up in the morning to birds singing and shortly after we were up our good friends and former pastor Carl and his wife Hank came and shared a bagel breakfast with us. What a joy! I tried my hand at cooking over an open fire and I found I could do it! We enjoyed a wonderful chicken dinner with fresh biscuits baked over the coleman camp stove. Breakfast was bagels with our friends and then a bit later we cooked some eggs and potatoes over the fire, another success! We saw an incredible sunset and so many beautiful views. I cannot wait to get back there someday!